Obligations 1A LAW1021

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with a firm grounding in the structure and content of the Scots Law of Delict. It is a compulsory course for the LLB.


Weeks 1 - 11; Lectures: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am with an audio lecture in advance of week 1; Tutorials: 4 per student in weeks 1/2, 3/4, 8/9, 10/11

Requirements of Entry

Entry to the LLB degree.

Excluded Courses







120 minutes examination.  



In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

■ To suggest a classification of Private Law, and to provide a grounding in the overall structure and function of Private Law.

■ To provide a firm grounding in the structure and content of the Scots Law of Delict.

■ To explain and illustrate, through a programme of lectures and tutorials, the main principles and concepts of the Scots Law of Delict.

■ To examine the Law of Delict in sufficient detail to meet the requirements for professional exemption.

■ To enhance students' problem-solving skills through the identification of legal issues in complex problems, the application of relevant legal rules, and achievement of resolutions to the problems set.

■ To offer guidance in the framing and presentation of written legal argument.

■ To highlight areas where the principles are subject to doubt or disagreement, and to encourage independent thought.

■ To assist students in the development of research methods and enhance their familiarity with different sources of law.

■ To encourage critical analysis, and enhance essay-writing skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Understand the structure of the Scots Law of Delict, and its place in the Law of Obligations.

■ Show a clear and thorough understanding of the principles and concepts of the Law of Delict.

■ Define accurately and explain clearly the legal issues in complex problems, supported by the appropriate authority.

■ In areas where the principles are subject to doubt or disagreement, to undertake research to understand such arguments and make informed choices on the legal rules applicable.

■ Construct and present a coherent and well-argued account of individual issues.

■ Research, extract and combine information from a variety of sources.

■ Work to deadlines and plan work accordingly.

■ Work independently.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits


■ In order to receive credit for this course, a student normally must complete the summative written examination.